Climate

Global warming could suffocate the sea
January 26, 2009 09:50 AM - New Scientist

Fish could vanish from huge stretches of the ocean for tens of thousands of years unless we drastically reduce our carbon emissions. Gary Shaffer of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and his colleagues used computer models to analyse the long-term impact of global warming on the oceans, looking up to 100,000 years into the future. This is important because less oxygen dissolves in warmer water, affecting the amount of life the oceans can support.

All Antarctica seems to be warming, report says
January 23, 2009 08:08 AM - the San Francisco Chronicle

The climate trend that is raising temperatures across most of the world is warming all of Antarctica despite earlier signs that most of the ice-covered continent has cooled during the past 50 years, researchers are reporting today.

Even Antarctica is now feeling the heat of climate change
January 22, 2009 09:46 AM - New Scientist

It's official: there is nowhere left to hide from global warming. The notion that Antarctica is the last continent not to be heating up because of climate change is dead, according to a new study. The results suggest that the southernmost continent is warming roughly as fast as the rest of the planet. They overturn previous suggestions that only the Antarctic peninsula, which stretches points north towards South America, was heating up while the continent's interior cooled.

WWF: Bush Arctic Policy Should Be Obama's Starting Point, Not End Point
January 22, 2009 09:39 AM - WWF

Bill Eichbaum, vice president of WWF’s marine portfolio, issued the following statement: “Climate change is altering the Arctic in dramatic and dangerous ways. The rapid rate at which the Arctic is melting is spurring a race to exploit the region’s previously inaccessible resources and poses new challenges for governing territorial claims, ensuring shipping safety and managing fisheries.

Tibet shepherds live on climate frontier
January 22, 2009 09:01 AM - The Christian Science Monitor

For Tenzin Dorje, the road home keeps getting longer. Each year the Tibetan shepherd must walk farther to find streams where his sheep can drink. "I am an old man," he says, clutching the neck of his cane. Sometimes he trudges six hours a day, twice his old route. He has contemplated learning to ride a motorbike like his grandson, but fears it might be too discomfiting for an 80-year-old man.

Nigeria: Saving the Environment Through Ecosystem Preservation
January 21, 2009 09:02 AM - allAfrica.com

The impact of our changing climate on human systems is the rise in the incidence and severity of climate change related disasters. After decades of skepticism about global warming and its after effects, the world has come face to face with the realities of that danger, particularly in fragile tropical landscapes where majority of the world's poorest people live on peasant agriculture.

Interview with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
January 21, 2009 08:30 AM - by Ben Block, WorldWatch Institute

Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has become among the world's most visible, outspoken voices on fighting climate change. Following a speech at the Worldwatch Institute launch of State of the World 2009: Into A Warming World, Dr. Pachauri stepped aside for a conversation with Worldwatch staff writer Ben Block.

Report: N.C. among most at risk to rising seas
January 21, 2009 08:25 AM - Charlotte Observer

With its long low coastline and large land area less than two feet above sea level, North Carolina is among the states most vulnerable to sea-level rise, a new federal report warns. The new report focuses on the coastal states from North Carolina to New York where the rates of sea level rise are moderately high. The region has extensive coastal development, a high population and is likely to be at increased risk.

What happened to the climate consensus?
January 20, 2009 11:23 AM - Chronicle Herald

CAN we all agree – yet – that the issue is settled? Scientists DON’T all agree the planet is warming precipitously, or that humans are responsible for that supposed warming. In fact, more and more experts in a number of fields have been speaking up to challenge the supposed scientific "consensus" on climate change.

Ice age maps predict change in Australian climate
January 20, 2009 09:16 AM - Thaindian News

Sydney, Jan 20 (IANS) New maps of the earth’s surface during the peak of the last Ice Age points to northern Australia become wetter and southern Australia drier due to climate change in future. "During the last Ice Age - around 20,000 years ago - sea surface temperature was as much as 10 degrees colder than present and icebergs would have been regular visitors to the southern coastline of Australia," Timothy Barrows of the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University (ANC) said.

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